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The perpetrator of a sexual assault at a nursing home was recently sentenced to jail time following a criminal trial for his conduct. Detroit News reported on the incident involving a 52-year old former nursing home employee at the MediLodge Nursing Home.

According to reports the former janitor pulled his pants down in front of an 84-year old Alzheimer’s patient in a wheelchair. Another nursing home employee saw the incident. Fortunately the co-worker contacted authorities, even though the janitor begged his co-worker not to tell anyone about the event. Later, the employee admitted that he forced the resident to inappropriately touch him. He had abused at least two other residents in a similar manner.

The sentencing judge explained that “this was a very disturbing crime.” The aggressor will have to serve four months in jail and will be on probation three years following his release. In addition he will have to pay the victims fees, court costs, and undergo sex offender treatment.

Unfortunately, shocking sexual abuse, like the incident here, occurs at nursing homes across the country. In many cases, the predators are not reported and more seniors are forced to live through the abuse silently. It is an continuing problem that is in dire need of solutions.
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According to a report on , one Missouri nursing home admits sex offenders but does not inform the families of the other elderly residents who reside there. There are currently 18 registered sex offenders that live at the nursing home, with sex offenses ranging from child molestation to rape. The owner notes that elderly residents are separated from the sex offenders and that staff is also trained on how to deal with those patients who have psychiatric issues and therefore management does not view this as a security threat. According to the report, there is no legal responsibility of the nursing home management to inform other residents and their families about the background of their residents, so the nursing home does not feel the need to disclose the information.

Sexual abuse in nursing homes is an important issue to address in Illinois nursing homes. Family members want to feel secure when placing a loved one in a nursing home. Elderly nursing home residents are targets of sexual predators because they are often weak and defenseless. They might have dementia or might not be able to speak to report the assault. All nursing home residents are protected from abuse and neglect under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and homes have a duty to protect residents from predators. Many times, cases of sexual abuse fall at the hands of other residents, who are able to bypass security measures. In other instances, staff members are to blame. Nursing homes must operate with sufficient staff in order to properly monitor sexual offenders and elderly residents. Nursing homes must also investigate and report sexual abuse when it occurs. When a nursing home fails to protect the residents under its care and they are injured or killed, ownership and staff must be held responsible for their negligence. To learn more about the Illinois laws that protect nursing home residents from abuse and neglect, follow the link.

Published on: is reporting that a fourth lawsuit has been filed against LaSalle County Nursing Home for nursing home abuse. The nursing home sexual abuse lawsuit was brought on behalf of a 90-year-old former resident of the home and claims that she was sexually assaulted by a male resident at the facility. The suit claims that not only did this man sexually assault about a dozen residents; he also had a history of such abuse. The Illinois nursing home lawsuit is asking for $50,000 in damages for the nursing home abuse because the facility failed to protect the resident from the physical, mental and physiological injuries that she endured.

The nursing home lawsuit also states that the staff members at LaSalle County Nursing Home did nothing to protect the woman from the sexual abuse at the hands of her fellow resident. Recently, three top administrators at the nursing home have resigned and the suspect has been moved to a psychiatric facility. The Illinois nursing home has also been fined for their inaction. To read more about this nursing home lawsuit, please click the link.

This is a perfect example of how a lack of nursing home staffing can make it hard for direct care workers to provide both supervision and attention to each individual resident. Countless studies have shown that a lack in supervision can lead to serious problems with nursing home residents. These problems include injuries from falls, resident elopement and medication errors. Also, as seen in recent Illinois nursing homes, a lack of sufficient staff can lead to physical and sexual abuse amongst residents.

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The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the family of a disabled woman has filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against the Fox River Pavilion nursing home in Aurora, Illinois. The lawsuit also includes a nursing home resident who is alleged to have sexually assaulted the disabled victim. The nursing home lawsuit alleges that the 39 year old aggressor sexually assaulted and beat the victim in his room at the Aurora nursing home. This patient had been arrested multiple times and is suffering from bipolar disorder. The nursing home lawsuit claims that the staff should have more closely monitored this aggressor and failed to treat his anti-social behavior. It describes the victim as “bruised, battered and bloodied.” The man is now being held in jail on eight counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and battery. The Fox River Pavilion has been threatened by state and federal officials that their funding may be terminated.

This is a grave example of the violence that keeps occurring in Illinois nursing homes when older residents are mixed with those younger residents suffering from mental illness. Many times the nursing home staff does not have the proper training or resources to specifically care for the growing needs of the mentally ill population. Currently, the Illinois nursing home task force is working to create a better system for those people living in nursing homes with severe mental illness. If your loved one is experiencing difficulties at a mixed nursing home please consult a Chicago nursing home lawyer. To read more about this specific case, please click the link.

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As the Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog reported, Somerset Place nursing home on the north side of Chicago has received a number of IDPH violations for repeated acts of violence and nursing home abuse and neglect that have compromised the safety of its residents. The nursing home was also the subject of several articles in the Chicago Tribune that highlighted the nursing home’s problems and the Uptown community’s concern. On Friday, federal health care officials announced that they would cut funding for the troubled nursing home. This is the first time in four years that the federal government has cut funding for a nursing home in Chicago.

All of the nursing home’s 300 residents have a primary diagnosis of mental illness, and according to the Tribune 66 of these residents had criminal backgrounds. Staff members told the Tribune that insufficient staffing and training for direct care workers has created a chaotic environment where staff cannot properly supervise residents, many of whom need constant supervision. Without staffing and training, nursing home staff cannot properly supervise residents, and this leads to physical and sexual violence among residents.

According to the report, the Chicago nursing home will continue to receive Medicaid funding for 30 days, and the home has filed an emergency lawsuit to stop the CMS from pulling funding. The state health department will now look to move these residents to other Chicago nursing homes. Read full coverage of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s decision to cut funding for Somerset Place in Chicago.

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As Chicago nursing home attorneys, we have represented hundreds of victims of nursing home abuse and neglect and witnessed many instances of sexual abuse in Illinois nursing homes. Today, the Chicago Tribune reports on their latest investigation into poor care in Chicago nursing home, focusing on sexual assault and abuse in nursing homes throughout the city.

Citing incidents at such nursing homes as Rainbow Beach Care Center and All Faith Pavilion on the South Side, and Sheridan Shores Care & Rehabilitation Center, Warren Park Health & Living Center and Somerset Place on the North Side, the investigation reveals the epidemic of sexual violence, along with the fact that little is being done to stop it. According to the Tribune’s investigation, 86 cases were investigated, but only one arrest was made.

Throughout Chicago, nursing home owners, such as Eric Rothner (who has ownership in Rainbow Beach, Sheridan Shores and Somerset Place), operate their homes at below-average staffing levels. This creates an environment where even the most well-intentioned direct care staff cannot deliver the proper care and attention that the residents need and deserve. In addition to low staffing levels, Chicago nursing homes often mix populations of elderly residents with younger, mentally-ill residents. Sometimes, these psychiatric residents have histories of violent crime. This creates an unsafe environment for more vulnerable residents, because nursing homes do not have the staff to properly monitor psychiatric residents.

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Authorities swept two Chicago-area nursing homes for people with outstanding arrest warrants. The sweeps identified 20 residents with warrants ranging from domestic battery to assault. The raids were initiated by Attorney General Lisa Madigan who stated that Illinois is “working to keep Illinois nursing homes safe and not safe houses for fugitives.” Eight people were arrested on the warrants. The team searched the Rainbow Beach Care Center and the Kenwood Healthcare Center. They are both located on the South Side of Chicago. State records show that both facilities have large number of felons who create frequent police reports. Rainbow Beach had 18 felons out of a total of 193 residents and 17 reports of assaults or batteries. Kenwood has 95 felons living amongst 172 residents and has had 30 police reports of assaults or batteries. Madigan is upset that background check laws are not being complied with. She hopes that people will follow the legislation to avoid nursing home abuse. To learn more about the recent raids, check out the link.

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The Chicago Tribune‘s Compromised Care series has sparked new interest in ways the state could improve care for people who are severely mentally ill. The Illinois Psychiatric Society believes that Illinois should overhaul how it provides care for people who are severely mentally ill by redirecting its funding to programs that are proved to help. They have recommended many changes. This includes allocating the vast majority of state and federal funds to agencies that provide community-based care. The Illinois Department of Mental Health must certify more community mental health centers. It is important that funding for treating the severely mentally ill is being well-spent. Individuals who have a violent criminal history and who are severely mentally ill should be housed in an appropriate setting that keeps the community and the individual safe. To read more about the steps to help protect the mentally ill residents living in Illinois nursing homes, please click the link.

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Federal, state and county officials swept two Chicago-area nursing homes for felons with outstanding arrest warrants and identified 18 residents wanted on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to burglary to assault. The early morning raids were initiated by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in response to Chicago tribune reports about Illinois nursing facilities that house high numbers of felons and sex offenders. Five people were arrested, including a sex offender wanted in another state. Three residents were too sick to be taken into custody. The team found nine felons when it swept Columbus Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Chicago’s West Side. They found nine residents with warrants at Heather Health Center in Harvey. The team also did a sweep at Sumerset Place. The number of felons known to be living in Illinois nursing homes has grown as the state increasingly relies on the facilities to house younger psychiatric patients. A spokesman for the Columbus Park facility stated that the majority of the outstanding warrants were for out-of-state crimes and would not surface during a background check. Heather Health Center was recently given an “average” rating for the home despite the fact that there were 30 felons living in the nursing home. To read more about the Illinois nursing home raids, please click the link.

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Officials swept two Chicago-area nursing homes for felons with outstanding arrest warrants and identified 18 residents wanted on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to burglary to assault. The raids involved 20 federal marshals and Cook County sheriff’s police were initiated by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Five people were arrested, including a sex offender wanted in another state for failing to register. In three cases, the residents were too sick to be taken into custody, and the other warrants were not immediately enforceable because they were issued in other jurisdictions. Authorities examined records for Somerset Place on the North Side and discovered three residents with outstanding warrants. The number of felons known to be living in Illinois nursing homes has grown as the state increasingly relied on nursing homes to house younger psychiatric patients. Many of these patients have criminal records. To read the full sweep story, please click the link.